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Editorials Commend Sen. Graham for Action, Condemn Sec. Kelly for Inaction for Dreamers

Last week, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the Dream Act 2017, legislation that is intended to be a roadmap to legal permanent status and citizenship fro Dreamers. Advocates and immigrants hailed the legislation — but one person who expressed opposition was DHS Secretary John Kelly, who said he supported Donald Trump’s … Continue reading »

On Immigration, John Kelly is No leader, Instead Follows Trump, Sessions Blindly

Yesterday, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the Dream Act of 2017, an important piece of legislation that faces an important year, as DACA becomes increasingly threatened and Dreamers face the possibility of deportation. The Dream Act should be a no-brainer: it takes immigrant youth who are American in all but name … Continue reading »

Today Is the Day DHS Secretary Kelly Confirmed that the Trump Administration is Intent on Mass Deportation

CHC meeting shows Kelly to the perfect pitchman for the radical Trump agenda During a meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus this afternoon DHS Secretary John Kelly signaled the following: DACA threatened: The future of DACA, the program that has unlocked opportunities for nearly 800,000 Dreamers, will be decided in the coming weeks by … Continue reading »

DHS Secretary John Kelly is Either Confused or He’s Lying

Kelly claims he can’t use discretion in cases like that of Jesus Lara Lopez in Ohio, but the exercise of discretion in such cases has been a longstanding DHS practice DHS Secretary John Kelly is either confused or lying about his authority to use prosecutorial discretion in individual deportation cases. Last Friday, a ProPublica article revealed a … Continue reading »

Why Are President Trump and DHS Secretary Kelly Deporting Real Life and Everyday Heroes?

Lynn Tramonte: Now “mind-numbingly common” to learn about deportations targeting the “very types of people our country should celebrate, not deport” U.S. military recruits hailing from countries throughout the world. A prominent Syrian pro-democratic activist. A Ground Zero clean-up worker who sacrificed his health to help America rebuild after 9/11. An Iraqi who aided in … Continue reading »

Do Immigrants Enjoy Due Process in Deportation Cases? Not Exactly

John Kelly Thinks Immigration Judges’ Orders Should Be Final, Thomas Homan Thinks Immigrants Get Due Process; Here’s Why Neither is True Donald Trump is enacting his mass deportation agenda, and many of the people being deported fit a specific profile: they are mothers and fathers who have committed no major crimes, they’ve often been checking … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Redefines Immigration “Priorities” to Mean Everyone is at Risk

Homan says what we all know: everyone is fair game for deportation; removals of non-criminals are up because we’ve gone “from zero to 100” Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan testified about budget priorities in front of the House Appropriations Committee yesterday, and confirmed what advocates and deportation statistics have already shown. The Trump Administration is deporting … Continue reading »

ICYMI: John Kelly the “Grownup”? Forget It — Homeland Security Chief Turns Out to be Another Trump Zealot

Digby: “Kelly is a genuine Trump guy” In her latest piece for Salon, Heather Digby Parton dives into Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly’s all-too-eager implementation of President Donald Trump’s radical immigration policies. It’s a must read. The article is excerpted below and available online here. Over the weekend, Politico reported that Democrats are becoming … Continue reading »

Secretary Kelly is Wrong Again — Claims Certain Immigrants ICE Picks Up Are Out in “Hour or So”

Secretary John Kelly, in his short tenure as chief of the Department of Homeland Security, has said a lot of misinformed things about immigration and deportation. He’s repeatedly claimed that his agents only focus on deporting immigrants who have committed crimes, a statement which unfortunately is proven untrue every day. Today, while testifying about budget … Continue reading »

ICYMI: David Leopold: “No Secretary Kelly, The Immigration Law Does Not Deport People, You Do”

Later this week, DHS Secretary John Kelly will again testify on Capitol Hill in support of the Trump Administration’s request for billions of dollars to deport millions of immigrants. We expect Secretary Kelly to again defend his agents’ abuses and repeat the bogus claim that his deportation force is focused on serious criminals rather than … Continue reading »